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Monday, February 21, 2005


repeal the 22nd?

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, February 21, 2005 permalink View blog reactions
Personally, I favor repealing the 17th, but this was amusing:

The 1947 Republican revenge against Franklin Delano Roosevelt, that's why. I'm referring, of course, to the 22nd Amendment, which limits Americans to only two terms as president. These members of Congress see Bush as a lame duck who is an obstacle to their own overriding duty and ambition — their re-election.

For that reason, for the good of the office of the presidency, and the sake of our nation, the 22nd Amendment must be repealed.

Heh, "for the sake of our nation" eh? But sure, bring it on.

But the issue is an interesting one. I am generally against term limits for congressmen on principle but concede their neccessity due to the partisanship of redistricting gerrymandering. I'd rather abolish the latter than suffer the former. What is the argument for term limits on the Executive Branch? Is there one that isn't just another variation on "hey their/our guy is popular, let's stop/help him" ?


How conveniently timely that a repeal of the 22nd should come up at this particular moment.

I'm with Aziz, bring it on. I think a Bush/Clinton (as in Bill Clinton) smackdown would be more than interesting.

Cheers -


no, russel, think more mischeviously. What about a Clinton-Clinton smackdown for the primary nomination!!! way much more fun.


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